James Griffin

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A JWU education remains transformative — it made me a professional. My primary goal with students is to help them find a career path that will lead them forward in life.”


James Griffin is a professor in the Food & Beverage Management department at Johnson & Wales University. From 2012–14, he served as president and CEO of the Coolfish division of Slade Gorton & Co.

Prior to joining Slade Gorton, Griffin spent more than two decades with Johnson & Wales University, serving in several senior roles including associate provost of the university and vice president and dean of academic affairs of JWU’s Denver Campus.

In addition to his work in higher education, Griffin has served as a consultant and owner of several food service related businesses. Griffin teaches courses that include FSM4061, FSM3012, FSM3001 and PHIL3040, and serves as a committee member to Ed.D. students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Theory and Human Resource Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Restaurant Operations, Management, Finance
  • Innovation and New Product Development
  • Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

Sample Courses

  • FSM4160: Food & Beverage Strategy and Logistics
  • FSM4061: Advanced Food Service Operations Management
  • FSM3012: Advanced Menu Analysis
  • FSM3001: Food Service Management Systems and Human Resource Applications


  • American Hotel & Lodging Association, Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF), Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)
  • American Culinary Federation (ACF), Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Management & Leadership in Education Certificate